Fighting inflammation with inflammation

What is this research about?

Inflammation is characterized by redness, heat, swelling, pain and loss of function. It is a sign that the immune system is fighting something harmful. While helpful to fight injury or infection, excessive or inappropriate inflammation can cause disease. Inflammatory diseases include autoimmune diseases, which occur when the immune system attacks the body with inappropriate immune and inflammatory responses. Approximately 80 disorders are considered autoimmune, affecting an estimated 4.5 per cent of people. Autoimmune diseases include rheumatoid arthritis, type 1 diabetes and Crohn’s disease.  

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